There is news in the French newspaper L’Equipe and the Get French Football News website today, that Newcastle are interested in two more French players, and it’s the first time that we know of that we’ve been linked with these players.
Gueida Fofana – 22 year-old defensive midfielder
They are Lyon’s 22 year-old central midfielder Gueida Fofana, and 22 year-old Sochaux striker Cedric Bakambu.
Get French Football News is reporting that Newcastle have been checking on Fofana for some time now, with Chief Scout Graham Carr probably the one who has spotted this player.
Fofana joined Lyon from his home town club Le Havre back in August, 2011, and he has so far played 49 times for Lyon with three goals and three assists, and made his debut for Le Havre in August of 2009 at the age of 18.
And while at Le Havre the 6′ tall defensive midfielder played 67 times with four goals and four assists, and he has played for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21 and has two caps at the U21 level.
Fofana captained the France team that won the 2010 UEFA European U19 Championship in France, and he plays usually as a defensive defender, but can also play as a defender, and has a physical style of play, which should be well suited to the Premier League.
Cedric Bakambu – 22 year-old Sochaux striker
Cedric Bakambu has been at Sochaux since 2006, and he made his debut back in August of 2010, when he was 19 years old, and was a sub in the team’s opening league match of the season against Arles-Avignon.
Since that time he has appeared a total of 86 times with 18 goals for the club and has played for the French U18, U19 and U20 sides.
He also played for France in the 2010 UEFA European U19 Championship in France, which they won, and only recently he has been told by the Sochaux President that he can leave the club.
Newcastle have not approached Lyon or Sochaux for either of these players, but it seems that Sochaux would be happy to take around £2.5M for their 22 year-old striker Bakambu, should Newcastle come a calling.
Between the two 22 year-olds, it seems that Gueida Fofana is the more accomplished player, although both are only 22 and can still improve.
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